Arts History Update for early October 2012

1 Oct

Arts History Update for early October 2012 by David Cummins

 

In the 1960s when a student at New York University on Washington Square in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, I regularly attended Army Reserve drills at NYU’s University Heights campus in the Bronx. Years later NYU sold that 43 acre campus to CUNY City University of New York which opened Bronx Community College on the site. This year, 2012, a newly constructed North Hall and Library was opened at Bronx Community College and it is a stunner. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/bronx-community-college-gets-a-proper-college-library/ click on the gallery of 16 images to see both this new library and the old replaced Gould Library operated by NYU.

 

The architect was Robert A.M. Stern http://www.ramsa.com/projects-search/academic/index.html and the construction cost was $80 million. Daniel Hauben painted 22 friezes for the library. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/nyregion/for-daniel-hauben-bruegel-of-the-bronx-thrilling-exposure-in-an-art-commission.html?_r=1 his website is at http://danielhauben.com/ Formal dedication of the paintings will take place on November 4. http://www.danielhauben.com/current.htm

 

Many thanks to an Arts History Update reader who issued an alert on the new library building.

 

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Recommended by Oliver McRae, speaker at the current Texas Tech Museum Arts History Lecture Series, is the book Kevin McCloud, Grand Tour of Europe (Phoenix 2012) in paperback at Amazon.com $11.66 or used in good condition at $4.98 incl s&h. This is the companion volume to McCloud’s BBC Two channel 4 [in England] 2009 television series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Tour

 

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CASP is Charles Adams Studio Project adjacent to LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. http://www.charlesadamsgallery.com/studioproject.php Charles closed his art gallery / frame shop at Kingsgate North near the intersection of 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue in 2010 and reopened at the southwest corner of 6th Street and Avenue J address 602 Avenue J. CASP is a non-profit organization that purchased the land south of the Christine DeVitt Icehouse on Avenue J and constructed four two story loft artist studios and residences. CASP then purchased an old garage that had been used by the Lubbock Police Department for storing and maintaining police vehicles at 5th Street and Avenue J. It is called CASP Garages and is currently used as an art gallery by Texas Tech University School of Art, named for this purpose as Satellite Gallery. At the First Friday Art Trail on October 5, 2012 Christie Blizard and William Witte pieces, some of which are collaborative, will be displayed in the Satellite Gallery.

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Robert Wilson, now age 71 on October 4, is a Waco Texas boy who became an icon for avant garde theatricals. http://robertwilson.com/about/biography this website of Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation & Robert Wilson, grew out of his 1968 creation of Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds in honor and recognition of a speech therapist who aided him as a stuttering teenager.

 

His masterpiece Einstein on the Beach (1976) is a five hour long opera with musical score by Philip Glass and choreography by Lucinda Childs. It is now touring in another fifteen month revival, last seen in New York City in 1992. http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-09-05/music/fall-guide-2012-einstein-heads-back-to-the-beach/ Wilson is the focus in the September 17 issue of a New Yorker Magazine article Slow Man: Robert Wilson and his first masterpiece by Hilton Als at page 78 http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/09/17/120917crat_atlarge_als A listing of all his works is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Wilson_(director) This is a man who watches television with the sound turned off, so that he can watch closely and see the action between the scripted actions, and discern its meaning.

 

Louis Aragon praised Wilson, saying: “What we from whom Surrealism was born, dreamed would come after us and go beyond us”.

 

Absolute Wilson DVD documentary (2006) 105 minutes is available for $23.99 at Amazon.com. http://www.absolutewilson.com/main.html The companion book is Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Absolute Wilson: The Biography (Prestel 2006) at Texas Tech Library OVERSZ PN2287.W494 O88

 

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